Created 12-Aug-07
Modified 12-Aug-07
Visitors 136
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The city contains within it Nomadic, Soviet, and the 21st Century Mongolia. You can see nomadic ghers (yurts) throughout the city; they can be a useful add-on to a house, or a house in itself. Dilapidated soviet-era apartment blocks line the streets like crumbling ghosts of the past. In the city-center sleek modern office and government buildings are steadily replacing the Stalinist architecture.

KBAC (pronounced kvas, similar to beer, but with a very low ABV) and МОРОЖЕНОЕ (pronounced marozhenae, Ice Cream) vendors brighten up many corners of the city. The streets are partially paved, but Mongolian women gracefully traverse them only in high hills (russian school).

Russian pop-music is blasting from car stereos and cafes. Russian candies are offered to Buddhas and Lamas in the city’s temples. And Russian UAZ vans roam on Mongolian vast roadless plains.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Mongolia
Keywords:mongolia, ub, ulaan baatar, ulaanbaatar

Welcome to Mongolia!

Welcome to Mongolia!

Morning coffee at our guesthouse.

Morning coffee at our guesthouse.

The yurt in the guesthouse's front yard.

The yurt in the guesthouse's front yard.

Juxtaposition of yurts and new apartment buildings on the streets of UB.

Juxtaposition of yurts and new apartment buildings on the streets of UB.

Street under construction.

Street under construction.

"Men At Work", sometimes

"Men At Work", sometimes

A modern bank building

A modern bank building

KVAS barrel

KVAS barrel

A fire truck.

A fire truck.

Fruit stand with old school scale.

Fruit stand with old school scale.

Paid phone

Paid phone

Est' zhenshini v Mongol'skih selen'iah...

Est' zhenshini v Mongol'skih selen'iah...

Playing billiards

Playing billiards

Parked goat

Parked goat

Looks fimiliar...

Looks fimiliar...

Ice cream kiosk

Ice cream kiosk

Gandan Monastery.

Gandan Monastery.

Doves at the Gandan Monastery

Doves at the Gandan Monastery

Monks debating the virtues of the prayer wheels

Monks debating the virtues of the prayer wheels